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WVSO bringing works from Ravel, Stravinsky to Morgantown

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is taking its spring symphonic concert on the road to Morgantown on April 28.

Under the direction of Maestro Grant Cooper, the WVSO will perform Ravel’s Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite) which is Ravel’s musical depiction of some of the most beloved fairy tales, including Beauty and the Beast and Tom Thumb. The music will take a light-hearted turn with Stravinsky’s suite from the ballet Pulcinella, which was inspired by music attributed to 18th century Italian composer Giovanni Pergolesi. The concert will conclude with Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 in C major “Linz,” a charming symphony that Mozart wrote in four days while staying in the city of Linz, halfway between his birthplace of Salzburg and Vienna.

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Graphic design student awarded Order of Augusta

“With both the Outstanding Senior award and the Order of Augusta, we recognize and celebrate some extraordinary young people,” said Provost Joyce McConnell. “These students come from different backgrounds and disciplines and they are heading in many directions when they leave WVU, but they are all poised to do great things and to show the world that Mountaineers can do.”

Leonor Elisa Cortez Rodriguez, from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, will graduate with a degree in graphic design and minors in art history and Italian studies. She is a former member of the WVU Equestrian Team and has trained extensively with some of Spain’s leading dance teachers and performers.

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Explore Shepard Fairey artwork at ‘Lunchtime Looks’

Shepard Fairey’s work will be the topic of the next Lunchtime Looks at the Art Museum of West Virginia University. 

Teresa Bowser, a senior multidisciplinary studies major, will present the free program on Fairey’s “Water is the New Black” at 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. The piece is part of the recently opened exhibition “Shepard Fairey: Work Against the Clampdown.”

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra reevaluating WVU partnership

The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will assess their partnership after the April 24 PSO Canady Symphony Series concert at WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

WVU and PSO first established a partnership in 2006 with support of donors William and Loulie Canady in memory of their daughter, Valerie, who lost her life in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Since 2006, PSO has visited WVU three times a year to perform the Canady Symphony Series at the Creative Arts Center. A vital aspect of the partnership also supported master classes from PSO musicians and internships for WVU students. 

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Shepard Fairey exhibition opens April 21

Shepard Fairey's "Work Against the Clampdown" will open at the Art Museum of West Virginia University on April 21.

The museum will host a free reception to open the exhibition from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Museum Education Center Grand Hall.

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'Let’s Dance’ a sendoff for WVU senior dance students

West Virginia University student choreographers bring their vision to the Antoinette Falbo Theatre at the Creative Arts Center April 20 – 21. 

“Let’s Dance” is the capstone project for graduating seniors, who have been given the opportunity to produce a culmination of work from students of all majors. The show will present a variety of dance styles including jazz, tap, hip-hop and modern. Each piece has been individually crafted to showcase the athleticism of the dancers, as well as bring stories to life through physical expression.

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College of Creative Arts helps community celebrate Einstein

The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts is taking part in a campus-wide celebration of Albert Einstein and his contributions to science.

A month-long series of events, Celebrating Einstein will feature CCA students, faculty and programs in a danced lecture and symphony performance that honor major discoveries in physics.

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Symphony Orchestra Concert serves as final performance for WVU’s Miltenberger

The West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra will take the stage on April 20, marking not only the end of a performance season, but the end of a storied career for retiring Professor of Piano James Miltenberger.

“The Symphony Orchestra couldn’t be more delighted to share the stage with Dr. Miltenberger for his farewell performance,” said Director Mitchell Arnold. “His impact on all of us, as a teacher or as a fellow performer, is immense.”

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A One Act Play Festival spotlights student playwrights

A One Act Play Festival at West Virginia University will feature original works created by students in WVU’s School of Theatre & Dance April 21-23.

Each piece is set in a motel room along an isolated highway in the United States,  bringing a seemingly mundane location to life. Each play tells the story of two characters who are passing through the same motel room, giving the audience a glimpse into their lives. Friends on a road trip, lovers having an escape and violent deeds unseen are just a few of the storylines audiences can expect.

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